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Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter vs Enrique (Heinrich) Reinhardt
Telephone match Berlin-Hamburg (1937), Apr-10
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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  agb2002: Castle demolition week, part III. White has a knight for a pawn but the pawn is about to promote.

After the obvious 34.Qxh5+ gxh5 (34... Kg8 35.Qh8#) 35.Rxh5+ Kg8 the knight prevents the final blow 36.Rg4+ Kf8 37.Rh8#.

Now 36.Nh6+ fails because of 36... Kf8 (36... Kh8 37.Nf5+ Kg8 38.Rg4+ Kf8 39.Rh8#) and White is lost: 37.Ke2 Qg1 38.Kxd2 (38.Rf1 Qxf1+ 39.Kxf1 d1=Q+) Rd8+ 39.Ke2 (39.Kc2 Qd1+ 40.Kc3 Qd2#; 39.Kc3 Qe1+ 40.Kc2 Qd1+ 41.Kc3 Qd2#) Qd1+ and 40... Qxh5.

Also, 36.Nf2 fails because of 36... Qxf2+ 37.Kxf2 d1=Q preventing 38.Rg4+ and threatening 37... Qxh5 and 37... Qc2+ followed by 38... Qg6 stopping White's attack. For example,

1) 38.Rf3 Qxf3 - +.
2) 38.Rff5 Qxh5 - +.
3) 38.Rg5+ Kf8 39.Rh4 Qd2+ 40.Kf3 Qxg5 41.Rh8+ Qg8 - +.

Therefore, 36.Ne3 and Rg4+ is unstoppable now.

Apr-22-09  TheaN: Wednesday 22 April


Target: 2:10
Taken: ~2:10
Par: exact, I stopped looking to maintain par; it says that it is 2:10;344 precisely, well, I'm not counting those hundreds of seconds :). It was the miss click of the stop button anyway.

Material: +/♘/♙\ w: ♕ & 2♖ & ♘ & 6♙ b: ♕ & 2♖ & 7♙

Candidates: <[Qxh5†]>

It seems like that the main move is easy here. With the threat of d1=Q, White could hold on to advantage with 34.Ne3, but that's probably not winning as Black can defend h5 with 34....Qxe5. The strike has to come now, and it's shocking.


<34....Kg8 35.Qh8‡ 1-0>

<34....gxh5 35.Rxh5† Kg8 36.Ne3!!> I think this is it: the typical Wednesday key move. Nh6†?? fails, as this blocks the Rook. With this move, White is threatening Rg4 with checkmate, which is actually unavoidable. Positioning the Queen on e3 or e5 won't work as Black can only interpose after Rg4†:

<36....Qxe3 37.Rg4† Qg5 38.Rxg5† Kf8 39.Rh8‡ 1-0> but alas, nothing works.

<36....d1=Q† 37.Nxd1 Qd4 38.Rxd4 Rd8 39.Rg4† Kf8 40.Rh8‡ 1-0> so it IS correct after all. I'm quite content with myself I found it that quickly.

Time to check.

Apr-22-09  ounos: Found it, about half a minute, but felt that this was kind of tricky, more than expected for today.
Apr-22-09  TheaN: 3/3

Good Wednesday.

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  whiteshark: This is actually a game between Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter and Enrique (Heinrich) Reinhardt says <corr. game> and ultracorr says <telephone game>, both sources gave no location.

I think Reinhardt lived in Hamburg before WWII.

Apr-22-09  gtgloner: Don't know if this is right, but I'm thinking 34. Qxh5+ gh 35. Rxh5+ Kg8 36. Ne3 and I'm guessing white should win in this position. Let's see.
Apr-22-09  gtgloner: Hah!! got this one.
Apr-22-09  Woody Wood Pusher: Ne3 is nice for a Wed
Apr-22-09  fyad reject: i saw qxe5 and ne3 but confused move order, stupidly not realizing that playing ne3 first gives black a chance to escape
Apr-22-09  c o r e: Saw it right away today. :)

That knight on g4 is a real workhorse! (Yeah, I said it.) It's able to prevent ...Qxe5, which would kill white's attack, and it controls the square of promotion on d1. If today's moves are taken out of order, moving the knight to e3 early loses control of e5, and with it white loses his opportunity.

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  johnlspouge: Wednesday (Medium/Easy)

Richter vs Reinhardt, 1936 (34.?)

White to play and win.

Material: N for P. The Black Kh8 has 2 legal moves, both light squares. The Pf6 takes away the vital flight square g7. White has a battery Rh3 and Qh4 pinning Ph5 to Kh8. The White Ng4 is 2 moves away from giving check to Kh8. The White Rf4 has been lifted, but requires activation. The White Kf8 is vulnerable to Q checks from the a7-g1 diagonal: Qf2+ and Qg1+. The salient feature of the position, however, is the check d8=Q+, suggesting that the candidate should be a check.

Candidates (34.): Qxh5+

34.Qxh5+ gxf5 [Kg8 35.Qh8#] 35.Rxh5+ Kg8

36.Ne3 (threatening 37.Rg4+ 38.Rh8#)

Black can gnash his teeth, but the best he can do is to delay mate, e.g.,

36…d8=Q+ 37.Nxd8 Qxe4 38.Rg4+ Qg5 39.Rxg5+ Kf8 40.Rh8#

Apr-22-09  Patriot: Looking at the most forcing moves first, Qxh5 is the first candidate move to consider.

34.Qxh5+ gxh5 (forced, since Qh8 mate next)

35.Rxh5+ Kg8

I first considered 36.Nh6+ here, but after 36...Kf8 white has to deal with the d2-pawn so I rejected that move. That's when I saw...


This stops the pawn and clears the way for Rg4+ and Rh8#. Black cannot safely prevent 37.Rg4+ next, so this is resignable.

36...Qxe3 37.Rg4+ Qg5 38.Rxg5+ Kf8 39.Rh8#

Apr-22-09  JG27Pyth: Patzer<<zooter> After <34. Ne3 Qxe5 35.Re4 Qc5 36.Qf4 d1=Q+>, 37. Nxd1 is winning big.>

36. Qf4 Qxe3 and however White recaptures 37...d1=Q+

Apr-22-09  5hrsolver: 36.Ne3 is the key. Black cannot stop mate. I only needed seconds not minutes or hours to solve this one. 18,000 seconds.
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  patzer2: <JG27Pyth> After <34. Ne3 Qxe5 35.Re4 Qc5 36.Qf4 Qxe3>, White wins with 37. Rexe3! d1=Q+ 38. Rf1 with a winning double attack (threatening the new Queen and mate-in-two).
Apr-22-09  tivrfoa: this was easiest day, because there're two options correct: 34. Ne3 or Qxh5+

correct me if I'm wrong.

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  kevin86: I missed this one on the later move: I went for ♘h6+ which loses to the maddening ♔f8. White could mate but the rook is blocked by his own knight-R A T S!!
Apr-22-09  cheeseplayer: Wohooo!! 3/3

Good week so far..

got the exact three moves.. took me 5 minutes though because i was forcing myself to go in one pattern..

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  Arbiter58: I could see

34 Qxh5+ gxh5 (34.. Kg8, 35 Qh8#)
35 Rxh5+ Kg8
36 Nf2 with the threat of Rg4+ and Rh8#
36 .. D1Q+ (what else?)
37 Nxd1 and mate seems unavoidable.

Apr-22-09  JG27Pyth: <<JG27Pyth> After <34. Ne3 Qxe5 35.Re4 Qc5 36.Qf4 Qxe3>, White wins with 37. Rexe3! d1=Q+ 38. Rf1 with a winning double attack (threatening the new Queen and mate-in-two).>

Ah, right, that's the whole point of Qf4 isn't it? ... that f6 pawn is a nightmare for Black.

Well so, 36...Qxe3 doesn't work. 36...g5 is dreadful. I think Black can prolong things with 36...Qf8 but he's quite lost.

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  Fusilli: <JG27Pyth>, <Patzer2> After 34. Ne3 Qxe5 35. Rfg4+ and mate follows.
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  Fusilli: Reinhardt is most likely this player: Enrique (Heinrich) Reinhardt
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  Jimfromprovidence: Earlier in the match I liked 30…c3 as another good alternative for black, because it creates a passed pawn supported by a rook.

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Now, white cannot play 31 Rf5 because of 31…Nf4.

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Now, white is forced to play 32 Rxf4 to avoid …gxf5. Then 32…c2 and the pawn promotion is unavoidable. White has to give up his rook for the pawn and black is now up the exchange.

If instead 31 bxc3 then 31...dxc3 and white has the same problem to deal with.

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Apr-22-09  YouRang: Nuts -- I pretty much saw the whole thing rather quickly (after all, black's threats require white to make forcing moves).

However, I saw it a little *too* quickly and figured on 36.Nf2, not noticing the subtle requirement for 36.Ne3 instead.

Perhaps I would have noticed it by the time I got to move 36, but I didn't see it at move 34. :-|

Apr-22-09  Milesdei: Partial credit today. I failed to see that Nf2 loses to Qxf2, KxQ, d1=Q.
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